New CHILD Study research: infant feeding practices influence baby's gut bacteria and risk of obesity
New results from the Azad Lab and the SyMBIOTA Team show that breastfeeding may contribute to protection against obesity by modifying the gut microbiota, particularly during early infancy. Among 1087 infants, earlier cessation of breastfeeding and supplementation with formula (more so than complementary foods) were associated with a dose-dependent increase in risk of overweight by age 12 months; this association was partially explained by specific gut microbiota features at 3 to 4 months. Interestingly, subtle but significant microbiota differences were observed after brief exposure to formula limited to the birth hospital stay, although these differences were not associated with overweight.
Read the study in JAMA Pediatrics and the AllerGen NCE Press Release.